Some familiar faces as ’Well get back to work

Kenny Black (right) leads the dance as he puts the Motherwell players through their paces
Kenny Black (right) leads the dance as he puts the Motherwell players through their paces

Motherwell returned for pre-season training last week as Stuart McCall’s men prepare to kick-off their qualifying campaign for the Europa League on July 17.

The sun shone on Dalziel Park, but there was no time for the squad to enjoy the weather as they were put through their paces by manager Stuart McCall, assistant manager Kenny Black, goalkeeping coach Gordon Marshall and u-20s coach Jonatan Johansson.

New signings Josh Law and Dan Twardzik joined their team mates, but were far from strangers, with midfielder Law having trained with the club last season and goalkeeper Twardzik spending five games on loan over the winter.

Law said: “I’m settling in really well, I enjoyed my first day, obviously there was a lot of tough running, but I enjoyed it.

“Towards the end of last season, Stuart asked me to come up and train and we spoke after that, it took a couple of weeks to iron things out and then it was just a case of coming up to sign.

“My brother Nicky loved his time here and he told me to grab the chance with both hands.

“I had options in League 1 and League 2, but I am confident this is the right one for me.

“I am going from playing in the Conference to playing in Europe and that’s a dream come true, I have seen plenty of Motherwell games and they like to play football so I think that will suit me.

“It would be disrespectful to say Motherwell is a stepping stone, but you want to get as high as you can in your career, so if I do well, who knows what can happen?”

Twardzik only played a game and a half for Dundee in the Championship after his exceptional spell at Fir Park and is pleased to be at a club where he has a better chance of regular football.

He said: “After I was here for the month I was hoping to come back sooner, but it didn’t happen, so I had to wait until the end of the season, but I’m delighted to be back now.

“I just expected to play one or two games until the other guys were fit, but I ended up playing five games and I think I did alright and was pleased to help them out.

“I was checking the Motherwell result every week and was pleased with how they finished the season.

“My first choice was always to come back here, now I am, I’m looking forward to challenging for the number one spot.

“Two weeks after I went back to Dundee Kyle Letheren got a red card so I had to step in and I thought I played well for the game and half I was selected.

“However, the new manager came in at that time and said he wanted to go for the number one for the whole season so I had to just accept it and wait for my next chance.

“Unfortunately that never came, but hopefully I’ll get more chances here.”

’Well have only announced one pre-season friendly so far as they host Fulham on Saturday, July 12.